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“May you and I walk humbly before our God.” <>< Dona (11/20/20)

Please read Ezekiel 28 through 30.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Ezekiel 28 Theme

Prophecies against the king of Tyre and Sidon.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, The king’s chief sin was pride.  And Sidon’s sin was contempt for God’s people (v. 24).

Something to think about

The king of Tyre believed himself to be a god.  The king thought he was wise (v. 1-2).  The people of Sidon were malicious neighbors to the people of Israel (v. 24).

Something to experience

We are wise when we draw near to God and depend on Him for guidance. God promised His people safety which is a promise He will keep (v. 25-26).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 28:1-2 1 The Lord’s word came again to me, saying, “Son of man, tell the prince of Tyre, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, in the middle of the seas;’ yet you are man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God.”

Ezekiel 28:24 “There will be no more a pricking brier to the house of Israel, nor a hurting thorn of any that are around them that scorned them. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”

Ezekiel 28:25-26 25 “‘The Sovereign Lord says: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the nations among whom they are scattered, and am sanctified in them in the sight of the nations, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. 26 They will dwell in it securely. Yes, they will build houses, plant vineyards, and will dwell securely, when I have executed judgments on all those who scorn them all around. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”’”

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Ezekiel 29 Theme

Prophecy against Egypt (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord You spoke against Egypt (v. 3).

Something to think about

Egypt didn’t fulfill their promises to Israel (v. 6-7).  God said what He was going to do to Egypt because of their behavior (v. 8-16, 19-21).

Something to experience

Have you ever made a promise and then found it too hard or too inconvenient to keep?  Do you sometimes take credit for success instead of thanking God for supplying the resources, the abilities and the opportunities?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 29:1-21 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.” 

Ezekiel 29:3 “Speak and say, The Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster that lies in the middle of his rivers, that has said, My river is my own, and I have made it for myself.’”

Ezekiel 29:8-16 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I will bring a sword on you, and will cut off man and animal from you. The land of Egypt will be a desolation and a waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord.  Because he has said, The river is mine, and I have made it; 10 therefore, behold, I am against you, and against your rivers. I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from the tower of Seveneh even to the border of Ethiopia. 11 No foot of man will pass through it, nor will any animal foot pass through it. It won’t be inhabited for forty years. 12 I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the middle of the countries that are desolate. Her cities among the cities that are laid waste will be a desolation forty years. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.’  13 For the Sovereign Lord says: “At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples where they were scattered. 14 I will reverse the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their birth. They will be a lowly kingdom, there. 15 It will be the lowest of the kingdoms. It won’t lift itself up above the nations any more. I will diminish them, so that they will no longer rule over the nations. 16 It will no longer be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing iniquity to memory, when they turn to look after them. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’”

Ezekiel 29:19-21 19 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He will carry off her multitude, take her plunder, and take her prey. That will be the wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he served, because they worked for me,’ says the Sovereign Lord.  21 “In that day I will cause a horn to sprout for the house of Israel, and I will open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Ezekiel 30 Theme

Sadness for Egypt.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Egyptian’s proud strength would fail (v. 6).

Something to think about

Desolation and ruin were to come to Egypt (v. 7-8).  The Lord would inflict punishment and scatter the Egyptians (v. 19, 26).

Something to experience

God is in charge of everything.  We should pray that God’s greatest purposes would be carried out and that His will would be done.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 30:6 “‘The Lord says: “They also who uphold Egypt will fall.  The pride of her power will come down.  They will fall by the sword from Migdol to Aswan,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Ezekiel 30:7-8 7 “They will be desolate in the middle of the countries that are desolate.  Her cities will be among the cities that are wasted.  They will know that I am the Lord when I have set a fire in Egypt, and all her helpers are destroyed.”

Ezekiel 30:19, 26 “Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt.  Then they will know that I am the Lord.”  … 26 “I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Prayer

 Lord, I pray we will depend on You for wisdom and guidance (Ezekiel 28:2-3).  Lord, I pray we will look to the future when we will all dwell together in unity and safety (Ezekiel 28:26).  Lord, thank You for all You provide to us.  I pray we will never take Your provisions for granted.  Lord, I pray Your will be done in our life and in the life of our nation.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I continually show our gratitude for all God’s provisions.” <>< Dona